Music Monday – Erin go bragh

Next Monday will be the day after St. Patrick’s Day, so I decided to make this week’s Music Monday about Irish music to get you in the mood for this coming Sunday’s shenanigans.  This collection has a couple ballads about dear old Erin and a few drinking songs, because a collection of songs for St. Paddy’s Day wouldn’t be complete without them.

The Foggy Dew by The Chieftains with Sinead O’Connor

(released 1995)

But the bravest fell and the requiem knell,
Rang out mournfully and clear,
For those who died that Eastertide
In the springtime of the year.
While the world did gaze with deep amaze,
At those fearless men and few,
Who bore the fight that freedom’s light,
Might shine through the foggy dew.

The Foggy Dew” is probably my favorite Irish song.  As such, it’s not much of a surprise that it’s on my post about St. Patrick’s Day for the second year in a row…and will likely be here every year.  This Irish ballad about the Easter Rising of 1916 is sung so powerfully and mournfully by Sinead O’Connor, that it stirs my emotions every time I hear it.

Song for Ireland by Mary Black

(released 1998)

Talking all the day with true friends, who try to make you stay
Telling jokes and news, singing songs to pass the night away
Watched the Galway salmon run like silver dancing darting in the sun
Living on your western shore saw summer sunsets, asked for more
I stood by your Atlantic sea and sang a song for Ireland

This is a beautiful song and Mary Black sings it wonderfully.

The Irish Rover by The Dubliners with The Pogues

(released 1987, peaked: #1 Irish Singles, #8 UK Singles)

With his smart witty talk
He was cock of the walk
As he rolled the dames under and over
They all knew at a glance
When he took up his stance
That he sailed in The Irish Rover

The Irish Rover” is a traditional folk song and has been performed by many artists over the years, including The Dubliners and The Pogues, two very popular bands.  It was a no-brainer to post the video of these two bands singing this well-known song together.

Whiskey in the Jar by Sin e Ri Ra

(Irish traditional song)

Musha rin du-rum do du-rum da, Whack for my daddy-o,
Whack for my daddy-o, There’s whiskey in the jar.

Whiskey in the Jar” has been performed by many well-known bands, but I posted this one because this band can jam.  While they sound good like this…what sounds like them in a studio…is good, they are incredible at home, rockin’ Nine Fine Irishmen, the Irish pub in the New York New York casino in Las Vegas.  Their sound and energy turn the intimate setting of the pub into a raucous affair which gets the crowd going and keeps it up all night.

The Old Dun Cow by The Futureheads

“On fire!” says Brown, “What a bit of luck.
Everybody follow me.
Down in the cellar,
Where the fire isn’t there,
We will have a gay old spree.”
So we all went down with good old Brown,
The beer we could not miss,
And we hadn’t been but ten minutes there,
‘Til we were bloody pissed.

I’m not exactly sure what it is about this traditional folk song that I like so much.  I think it may be a combination of the fast pace with the comedic lyrics. I’d never heard of The Futureheads before finding this video, but I like this version of the song.

Have a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Erin go bragh!

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